[CQ-Contest] The Perfect Contest

Russell Hill rustyhill at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 31 09:12:37 EST 2005

My guess:  If the casual contester had to register to play casually, that 
portion of the participation would drop to almost nothing.

Rusty, na5tr

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Hilding" <dx35 at hilding.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Cc: <n3bb at mindspring.com>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] The Perfect Contest

> Jim, N3BB, had originally suggested:
> > 5. Some portion of the exchange always should include a serial number,
> I've already commented on this, but after piddling around in the CQ WW SSB
> for a bit, it dawned on me that QSO rates do not have to drop by adding a
> serial number.  Rather, just get rid of the stinking bogus RS or RST in
> exchanges, because the last few hours confirmed what a total joke they
> are.  In fact, outright stupid.  Make that beyond stupid and a waste of
> on-air space.
> Then I remembered the essence of my NCJ Article last year "Meaningful
> Contest Exchanges", so I'll plug the concept again for possible inclusion
> into The Perfect Contest.
> As entry into many "sporting" events requires a contestant to register,
> make part of 'The Perfect Contest" exchange the sending and receiving of
> the entrants' reg number.  In today's computer age, this is a total no
> brainer...no different than setting up a password on a website and having
> it auto-emailed to you... a combination of alpha/numeic like:
> AX71P93Q.
> A simple little PHP/MySQL website for registration will do the
> trick.  Every year the reg number will be different, so we can all throw
> away our pre-fill logger crutches!
> Ohhh, gosh...maybe you noticed...this would also provide an challenging
> opportunity for increasing everyone's contesting skillset, especially in
> QRM :-)   Since the contest sponsor has the master list of entrant
> registration numbers, auto-log checking would be a no-brainer.
> IMHO, 599, 5NN as well as Five-Nine/Fifty-Nine have outlived their
> UN-usefulness, and should be banned from the contesting world for
> perpetuity.  If I hear "E T T K" in the CQ WW CW, I'm think gonna scream
> (internally) again ... almost as loud as when I hear those LID DX stations
> making 15 QSOs without giving their callsign(s) ;-(
> 73...
> Rick, K6VVA
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